Cyril Takayama, an internationally acclaimed magician and illusionist, had his media luncheon earlier today, June 4, at the 9501 restaurant at ABS-CBN's ELJ Building in Quezon City.
The performer labeled as the world's first "cyber magician" gained international fame for being the most downloaded magician on the internet, with over 100 million views today on YouTube. He is now known to be a trendsetter in the street magic genre.
In 2007, Cyril was voted Magician of the Year, putting him next in line with magic legends David Copperfield and Siegfreid & Roy. In this same year, he also set on a 35-city tour performing his live shows in Japan that were all sold out.
In February 2009, his 15th Japanese primetime TV special aired on Fuji TV rated the highest for the evening time slot. Cyril then filmed his 16th Japanese primetime special which aired in spring 2011. November of the same year, Cyril starred in a three-part English language television special titled Cyril, Simply Magic, which caters to Asian viewers. It was again a success and it helped grew and widen Cyril's fans throughout Southeast Asia and India.
This 2011, Cyril is partnering again with Sony Pictures Entertainment Networks Asia's AXN as well as with AXN Mystery Japan, also a Sony owned network.
The magician/illusionist will be featured on an all new 6-episode series titled Cyril's Family Vacation. This new series will veer away from traditional street magic as it offers a more innovative and fun style of magical story telling.
Cyril will perform magical tricks and illusions in Oahu, Hawaii.
This internationally acclaimed magician and illusionist will invade famous tourist destinations as well as ordinary locations in Hawaii. Cyril will talk to tourists and locals who are completely unaware that they are being filmed; and every moment is captured with both exposed and hidden cameras.
MEET THE FAMILY:
CRAZY UNCLE RICHARD - We all have one. A real ladies man, Uncle Richard can always be found sporting his favorite cigar and his stylish fedora. He loves gold and the good life. He was notorious Cassanova in his younger days and truth be told, he has not lost his touch. His over-the-top persona is bolstered by the strange magical things, which always seem to happen whenever he's around.
GRANDMA MAGI - She's the matriarch of Cyril's family, an adorable old lady that has a taste for mischief. Although she gets the senior's discount, she has the youthful energy of a child, and he's always got a story to tell. The secret to preserving her youthfulness is she loves to be around young people. They help her to appreciate natural magic of every moment.
COUSIN TINY - This is one dude that you just cannot miss; most likely because he's blocking your way. He's never met a treat he didn't like. But don't let his size fool you, he has a knack for defying gravity. His bubbly personality and goofy laugh are infectious. As far as Tiny is concerned, he thinks he taught Cyril everything he knows about magic.
Cyril's Family Vacation: Hawaii Edition will start airing in the Philippines on June 10, 2012 at 8:30PM on AXN (Skycable Channel 49).